It was a Frame-Up.
My view on this incident is QUITE different from what I thought back then.
I hope these young men have to hire a Brinks truck to take their winnings to the bank.
I hope Duke and individual Duke employees get their clocks cleaned.
That's some impressive work!
Hired by Jamie “Mistress of Disaster” Gorelick???
Burson-Marsteller is a global public relations and communications firm headquartered in the United States. Burson-Marsteller operates 67 wholly owned offices and 71 affiliate offices in 98 countries across six continents. The company was founded by Harold Burson and William “Bill” Marsteller in 1953, and, by the early 1980s, had become one of the largest public relations companies in the world. In 1979 it became a subsidiary of Young & Rubicam, which is now owned by WPP Group. The current CEO of Burson-Marsteller is Mark Penn, who joined the company in 2005.
Burson-Marsteller provides public relations and advertising services to clients, including multinational corporations and government agencies. Burson-Marsteller is primarily known for its crisis management services and political lobbying. It has won numerous awards over the years for its work in high profile crisis management, including the late 1990s Asian financial crisis, a 2002 extortion attempt against British company GlaxoSmithKline, and a response described as the “gold standard” for its crisis management of the 1982 Chicago Tylenol poisonings. Other high profile crisis cases include the manufacturers of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station and Egypt following terrorist attacks on tourists in 1993. At times it has also been the subject of protests and criticism for its use of smearing and doubt campaigns (to undermine concerns about passive smoking for Philip Morris in the 1990s and anti-Google smear campaigning for Facebook in 2011) and its work for regimes facing severe human rights criticisms (Argentina and Indonesia). The firm also specializes in corporate PR, public affairs, technology and healthcare communications and brand marketing.
Mark J. Penn (born January 15, 1954), is the worldwide CEO of the public relations firm Burson-Marsteller and president of the polling firm Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates. In September 2007, he released a book titled Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow’s Big Changes, which examines small trends sweeping the world. Penn’s clients have included political and business leaders, including U.S. President Bill Clinton, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates; he also served as chief strategist and pollster to Hillary Clinton in her 2008 presidential campaign. Penn is married to Nancy Jacobson, a professional fundraiser.
Posted: June 1, 2010
Strategy Corner: Time for Obama to Lift the BP Fog With a New Strategy
05:07 PM on 06/02/2010
You neglected to tell us that BP is now a client of your firm, Burson Marsteller, as is AIG and a host of despots, rogue nations and disgraced corporations...
Care to revisit you little blog now that your affiliations are more transparent?
Did you or your firm have anything to do with the current media blockade by BP and its refusal to allow journalists and others to document the death and destruction resulting from an accident caused by a company that gamed the regulations?
Jamie Gorelick’s new challenge: Backing BP
Ping. Entire Kennedy deposition released. See here the links.
Converted to Word doc.